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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)




ANTHONY BOWLES. Research for this family is complicated by the fact that the surname is sometimes recorded as Bowle(s) and at other times as Bold(s).

Anthony was married in 1611 and brought up his family in Ringwould.. There is one baptism consistent with this.

Baptism. St Nicholas, Ringwould.
1584 Dec 4  Anthony Bowle son of Richard.

His mother was Annis Herring from nearby Deal.

Anthony was the fifth of seven children, three of whom died in infancy.


The village of Ringwould stands on high ground 3 miles inland from Deal. The parish includes the fishing hamlet of Kingsdown on the coast. The road from Dover to Deal passed through Ringwould, making it a busy place.

The Five Bells, Ringwould [1]


Anthony’s childhood was spent in the closing years of Elizabeth I’s reign


THOMASEN PELHAM.  Her surname at her marriage is recorded as Pethian, Pelsham and Pelham. Pelham appears to be the true transcription. We have not found her baptism under any of these names.


Anthony Bowles married Thomasen Pelham at St Margaret at Cliffe on Jun 22 1611. St Margaret at Cliffe is a seaside village just south of Kingsdown. We assume that Thomasen was living there then.

The couple set up home in Ringwould. Nine children were born.


Baptims. St Nicholas, Ringwould.
1614 Sep 25  Richard Bowle
1616 Dec 9  Mary
Unlike the other children, Mary was baptised at St Margaret at Cliffe, where her parents had married.
1619 Jul 2  Simon
1621 Oct 7  Robert. He lived only five months and was buried on 3 Feb 1621/2
1622 Nov 29  Anne
1625 Mar 18  William Bold
1628 Mar 27  Anthony
1630 Nov 28  Thomasine
1633 Sep 15  Valentine

The first four children’s surnames were recorded as Bowle, the last four as Bold. The change in spelling coincides with a change in handwriting in the register.

The fact that only one of their children died in infancy suggests that the family were not among the poorest.

The English Civil War broke out in 1642. Anthony would have been 58 by then. It is unlikely that he would have been called upon to fight, but his older sons may well have taken part. We do not know which side the Bowles supported. The Civil War was not as bitterly contested in Kent as in some other counties.


Thomasin the wife of Anthony Bold was buried on 16 June 1657, during Cromwell’s republican Commonwealth following the Civil War.

Anthony lived to see the Restoration of the Stuart king Charles II in 1660.

In the 1660s the country was swept by plague.

Anthony Bold householder was buried on 29 Dec 1666.


[1] http://www.dover-kent.com/2019-Photos1/Five-Bells-1840-Ringwould.jpg




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